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Retained tooth in the nasal cavity: a rare cause of nasal congestion
  1. Marie Louise Moeller,
  2. Jesper Bille and
  3. Milos Fuglsang
  1. Ear, Nose and Throat, University Hospital Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark
  1. Correspondence to Dr Milos Fuglsang, milosfuglsang{at}


A 59-year-old man presented with unilateral nasal congestion and discharge. Clinical examination revealed a mass in the floor of the nasal cavity. Sinus CT indicated a retained tooth or a dermoid cyst. It was removed by endoscopic surgery. Histology confirmed the diagnosis of a retained tooth. At follow-up, the patient reported no nasal symptoms. A retained nasal tooth is rare, and the symptoms are variable. It can resemble other diseases such as chronic rhinosinusitis. Surgical removal is recommended to confirm the diagnosis and eliminate symptoms.

  • ear, nose and throat/otolaryngology
  • otolaryngology/ent
  • oral and maxillofacial surgery

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  • Contributors Mainly authored by MLM. Editing and guidance by MF and JB. MF and JB surgeons of the described case. All three authors put an estimated equal amount of work in the case report. Patient consent is signed by a staff specialist of rhinology at our department (Anders Jørgensen). He is not listed as an author as he has not contributed to the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.